- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Ludwig von Mises Institute; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933550244
- ISBN-13: 978-1933550244
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Pillars of Prosperity: Free Markets, Honest Money, Private Property Paperback – March 1, 2008
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Ron Paul is a strong constitutionalist and advocate for the free market, individual liberty, sound money, small government and small taxation. How the US Founding Fathers would feel ashamed today to observe what the government has become and how the constitution has been systematically violated and corrupted.
It's quite remarkable to see how Ron Paul has managed to stay so consistent, so perseverant, so determined to stand for the ideals of freedom against all the deficitary, inflationary, big spending, big meddling, highly interventionist, highly corrupt, highly corporatism form of US government.
The only downside of the book is that it's rather long, and it repeats itself several times (a proof of consistency :)).
The recent financial crisis flung me into many articles and books that I otherwise would not have read. As is obvious, the Austrian view is the only one that explains the 2008 financial crisis, let alone makes any sense. I starting reading articles on LRC, Mises and books such as Meltdown and Economics in One Lesson. After learning the truth about the Federal Reserve, I opted to read my first Ron Paul book: End the Fed. It was a brilliant and concise argument for sound money. I had never heard of free market money or the values of commodity-based money. Truth tends to ring true, but why didn't I learn these things earlier? Why didn't my own school at least MENTION this free-market view of money? Why, with all the attention I paid to the '08 campaign, did I not know more about Ron Paul's history and positions? I dug deeper. I then read The Revolution: A Manifesto. Admittedly, there were some facts I was hesitant to accept, mostly regarding foreign policy. It took a bit longer, but Ron Paul has fully convinced me.
This book contains statements and positions of Ron Paul's since the late 1970's. It's stunning that a "politician" is so consistent and principled. Especially in light of what all of these government interventions of done to country and economy, it's amazing to see how RIGHT Ron Paul has been for so long. He's warned us for decades about what would happen and nobody seems to listen. This book will convince you more then ever that peace and prosperity come through liberty.Read more ›
A must read especially during these historical times.
Although I was eventually elected, in terms of a conventional political career with real Washington impact, he was absolutely right. I have not developed legislative influence with the leader- ship of the Congress or the administration. Monies are deliberately deleted from routine water works bills for my district because I do not condone the system, nor vote for any of the appropriations.
My influence, such as it is, comes only by educating others about the rightness of the free market.
The bipartisanship of the last 50 years has allowed our government to gain control over half of the income of most Americans. Being enslaved half the time is hardly a good compromise. But supporters of the political status quopoint out that, in spite of the loss of personal freedom, the country continues to thrive in many ways.
But there are some serious questions that we as a people must answer:
Is this prosperity real?
Will it be long-lasting?
What is the cost in economic terms?
Have we sacrificed our liberties for government security?Read more ›
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